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Photo: SHEP 2006
Since 2006, FMR has coordinated the Stream Health Evaluation Program (SHEP) in the Rice Creek Watershed District. SHEP uses trained volunteers to evaluate the biological health of streams by sampling benthic macroinvertebrates — small stream-dwelling bugs. You can read more about the project on our SHEP project page, or keep reading here for details on getting involved.
We need 30 volunteers; spots typically fill mid- to late June. Although open to all, preference is given to returning volunteers and Rice Creek Watershed District residents (visit www.ricecreek.org for details about the watershed district and a map).
Citizen participation is actively encouraged, so there is no formal test or application process. That said, potential volunteers should seriously consider the tasks and hours.
No. All equipment and training materials will be provided, as well as dinner and/or refreshments as needed. We appreciate your time and commitment!
As important as it is for SHEPers to produce great data, the program also impacts our community in other positive ways. SHEP brings volunteer monitors together with local officials and decision-makers.
These relationships allow SHEP volunteers to better understand how local decisions impact water quality and stream health, while at the same time reminding local decision makers of the importance of water quality.
If you're considering volunteering, contact FMR’s Program Assistant Katie Clower with your name, address, e-mail address and day and evening phone numbers at 651-222-2193 x23 or through our contact form (please select Katie's name from the menu rather than “general inquiries”).
As all informational materials are provided during training sessions, there is little additional information on the program provided beforehand. However, sue would be delighted to speak with you to determine whether the program is a good match to your interests and abilities before you make any commitment.
Registrants will be emailed training dates and locations as soon as they are scheduled. They will also be posted to our events calendar.